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Full text of "The Letters Of Horace Walpole Vol I"

1742]                   To Horace Mann                      213
chapels.    Good night!    I never forget my best loves to the Chutes.
P.S. I this moment hear that Edgcumbe7 and Lord Fitzwilliam are created English peers: I am sure the first is, and I believe the second8.
73.   To HORACE MANN.
London, April 22, 1742.
You perceive, by the size of my paper, how little I have to say. The whole town is out of town for Easter and nothing left but dust, old women, and the Secret Committee. They go on warmly, and have turned their whole thoughts to the secret-service money, after which they are inquiring by all methods. Sir John Eawdon1 (you remember that genius in Italy) voluntarily swore before them that, at the late election at Wallingford, he spent two thousand pounds, and that one Morley promised him fifteen hundred more, if he would lay it out. ' Whence was Morley to have it ?'— 'I don't Mow; I believe from the First Minister.' This makes an evidence. It is thought that they will ask leave to examine members, which was the reason of Edgcumbe's going into the peerage, as they supposed he had been the principal agent for the Cornish boroughs. Sir John Cotton said upon the occasion, ' Between Newgate2 and the House of Lords, the Committee will not get any information.'
7 Richard Edgoumbe, Chancellor        8 Lord Fitsrwilliam -was created a
of the Duchy of Lancaster, a great     Peer of  Great   Britain,   April   19,
friend of Sir R. Walpole, was created     1742.
a Baron to prevent his being ex-        LETTER 73.—*• He was afterwards
amined by the   Secret   Committee     made   an   Irish 2jord.      Walpole.—
concerning the management of the     Fourth   Baronet    (1720-1793;,    cr.
Cornish      boroughs.        Walpole. —     (April  9,  1760)  Baron   Bawdon   of
Richard Edgcumbe (1680-1758),  of     Moira, co. Down ; Earl of Jfoira (in
Mount Edgcumbe,  cr. Baron Edg-     Ireland), 1762.
cumbe, April '20,1742; served in the        2 Alluding  to  Paxton,  who   was
army;  Major-G-eneral,  1755;   Chief     sent thither for   refusing   to   give
Justice in Eyre, North of Trent, 1758.     evidence.    Walpole.